Marilyn Sams age 85 of Hiawatha, Iowa, formerly of Redwood Falls, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Hiawatha, Iowa after a courageous battle with heart disease and leukemia. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 29 at the First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial is in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that guests consider memorials to Mercy Foundation, 710 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403, or First United Methodist Church, music ministries fund, 601 Veda Drive, Redwood Falls MN 56283. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Marilyn Sams was born December 16, 1928 in Sioux City, Iowa to John Thomas and Anna Almena (Ellison) Goldsmith, the youngest of six children. She was baptized and confirmed at Wesley Methodist Church in Leeds, Iowa. Marilyn attended Hawthorne School and Leeds High School, graduating on January 22, 1947. On June 7, 1947 she married Leland Harold Sams in Leeds. They were married for 44 years. Marilyn lived in Redwood Falls for 60 years. She was a member of Eastern Star and First United Methodist Church. Marilyn was active in church and musical ministry singing in church choirs most of her life. She sang from the time she was 5 years old until 5 days before her death. Marilyn enjoyed the outdoors with her husband and four boys, gardening (vegetable and rose garden), and bird watching. She loved crocheting, cooking and baking, making crafts for all seasons, and reading. The most important role in Marilyn’s life was being a wife and mother.
Marilyn is survived by her sons: Steve (Andrea), Reverend David, Keith (Jan), and Brian (Darla); grandchildren: Erik Sams, Melissa Sams, Shawn Sams, Jill Hayden, and Cody Sams; great grandchildren: Sami, Hunter, Adriana, Drake, Ava, and Jase; and sister Anna Bernice. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Lloyd Thomas and John Eldon, sisters Luella Janet and Joyce Elaine, and granddaughter Hilary.